There is this poster that the SPF put up around housing estates that says "Low Crime Rate Does not mean no crime".
What is the cause of such a high rate of imprisonment? I have a few hypothesis. While crimes like robbery or theft may be low giving us a general sense of security i.e. can go out at night without fear of getting robbed, other crimes like loan sharking, smuggling of contraband (which is victimless?) and illegal prostitution occur at a much higher rate....and may have a causal relationship with social inequality The other plausible explanation is our laws are harsh and puts people behind bars for lesser crimes such as creation of graffiti, setting up a tent withou a license at the beach[Link]. inability to pay parking fines[Link] and jaywaking[Link].